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Local Notes February/March 2024

Metroparks add a canine to security unit

Metroparks Toledo now have a furry friend in the ranger department. Timber, a golden and labrador retriever mix, is the Metroparks’ first K9. Trained to assist officers with wellness and community relations, during critical moments, Timber will also be available to rangers, staff and other outlets. Timber will be on patrol with Ranger Makras beginning this summer. metroparkstoledo.com


Travel by train from Detroit to Toledo and Cleveland

A new proposed Amtrak train route will connect Detroit to Toledo and Cleveland. The Detroit-Cleveland connection through Toledo ended in 2004 while the last time Detroit had a direct connection to Toledo was in the early 1960s. The proposed train path would start in Pontiac, go through Royal Oak and Detroit, then to the DTW airport and on to Toledo and east to Cleveland. Amtrak.com


TARTA expands into Oregon

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) expanded its operations to the City of Oregon with fixed routes, TARPS paratransit services and TARTA Flex on-demand services. Route 2 will connect Oregon residents to the Toledo Museum of Art, Franklin Park Mall and other stops without a transfer. The TARTA Flex zone for Oregon will be tied to the Rossford zone, allowing anyone in those two communities  to request a ride for just $3 each way. tarta.com


Toledo Valentine Theatre’s new executive director

Abby Glanville, formerly a First Year Advisor for Arts and Letters at the University of Toledo, is taking over as the new executive director at the Valentine Theatre. Glanville is taking over for Jori Jex, who served as executive director for 13 years before retiring in 2023. Glanville’s experience in historic preservation and art history will help her lead the theater. valentinetheatre.com

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